Topscorer standings

Step 1: Gather the tools

You are going to need the following tools:

  • SportMonks API token

  • Code editor (Visual studio used in examples)

  • Postman (optional)

You can find a link to another article where we discuss the tools in-depth here.

Step 2: Determine the league and season

What league and specifically what season interests you? For this guide, we’ll go with the 20/21 season of the Scottish Premiership (league id: 501, season id: 17141).

Step 3: Choose the correct endpoint

Requesting top scorers can be done with the endpoint: get topscorers by season id.

https://soccer.sportmonks.com/api/v2.0/topscorers/season/17141?api_token={API_TOKEN}

However, we will slightly modify the request because we want the player and team names and not just their player id. We can do this for all three top scorers, which are:

  • Goalscorers → players who have scored a goal

  • Assistscorers → players who gave assists

  • Cardscorers → players who have received yellow or red cards

We then plug the nested includesgoalscorers.playerandgoalscorers.teamto the request. So we could for example request everything:

https://soccer.sportmonks.com/api/v2.0/topscorers/season/17141?api_token={API_TOKEN}&include=goalscorers.player,goalscorers.team,assistscorers.player,assistscorers.team,cardscorers.player,cardscorers.team

It’s up to you how much data you want to receive. For our example, we are only interested in the goal-scoring top scorers. So we’ll use this URL:

https://soccer.sportmonks.com/api/v2.0/topscorers/season/17141?api_token={API_TOKEN}&include=goalscorers.player,goalscorers.team

Step 4: Analyze the response

"position": 1,
"season_id": 17141,
"player_id": 173059,
"team_id": 66,
"stage_id": 77447501,
"goals": 6,
"penalty_goals": 1,
"type": "goals",
"player": {
"data": {
"player_id": 173059,
"team_id": 66,
"country_id": 1161,
"position_id": 4,
"common_name": "K. Nisbet",
"display_name": "Kevin Nisbet",
"fullname": "Kevin Nisbet",
"firstname": "Kevin",
"lastname": "Nisbet",
"nationality": "Scotland",
"birthdate": "08/03/1997",
"birthcountry": "Scotland",
"birthplace": "Glasgow",
"height": "180 cm",
"weight": null,
"image_path": "https://cdn.sportmonks.com/images/soccer/placeholder.png"
}
},
"team": {
"data": {
"id": 66,
"legacy_id": 702,
"name": "Hibernian",
"short_code": "HIB",
"twitter": "@HibernianFC",
"country_id": 1161,
"national_team": false,
"founded": 1875,
"logo_path": "https://cdn.sportmonks.com/images//soccer/teams/2/66.png",
"venue_id": 8946,
"current_season_id": 17141

We can see that the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer is Kevin Nisbet from Hibernian with six goals and one penalty goal.

For more detailed information you can head to our leagues & topscorers tutorial.